I thought I would post the report itself instead of the pundits views of it.
2. Broadly speaking, the matters which gave me concern related both to certain specific conduct of the Clerk and the Sergeant-at-Arms, as well as the functioning and culture of the Legislative Assembly as a workplace more generally. As detailed in this Preliminary Report, what I have observed at this stage, and been informed of includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• flagrant overspending on luxurious trips overseas with questionable business rationales;
• expensing of all manner of personal purchases to the Legislative Assembly, totalling tens of thousands of dollars over a period of less than two years;
• inappropriate payouts of cash in lieu of vacation, which appear to total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars;
• lack of oversight or appropriate protocols in the awarding of employment benefits, and evidence of attempts to obtain highly questionable further benefits, collectively representing actual or contingent liabilities to the Legislative Assembly totalling in the millions of dollars;
• using working time to make day or overnight trips away from the Legislative Assembly, at the Legislative Assembly’s expense, for what appear to be other than legitimate work purposes;
• instances where thousands of dollars of alcohol and equipment may have been misappropriated from the Legislative Assembly;
• various concerns relating to management of employees, including potentially retributive or otherwise unjustified terminations; and
• taking steps to conceal information which could indicate improperly claimed expenditures.
These matters are not simply bare allegations. They are based on my personal observations, interviews with others, and where I have been able to corroborate them with reference to documents and records I could access at the Legislative Assembly within the time constraints that I have been working under, I have done so. Because my inquiry has necessarily been preliminary in nature, before the Legislative Assembly makes final decisions about how to address these matters, a process will need to be put in place that considers them more fully by way of interviews of additional past employees and current employees (who have not been a focus of the review conducted to date), access to all relevant records froma broader timeframe, and which provides an opportunity for Mr. James and Mr. Lenz to respond.